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Friday, November 02, 2012
School Stuff - Why is non-classroom education experience held in such low regard by employers in schools?
Why is non-classroom education experience held in such low regard by employers in schools?
I am sure I am not the only person who has the majority of my professional education experience away from the standard classroom environment yet on return to the classroom school setting I have needed to drop to a beginning teacher status. I believe I am a better teacher having had real world experience and the diversity of my experience has certainly put the petty politics of the school staffroom into perspective.
I feel when I look at teachers who have spent their entire life in a school first as a student then straight into teaching and compare them with those who have had time in industry that they don't have the same perspective on what teachers need to achieve. We should be preparing students to function in society and professional environments predominantly away from school yet if you have no experience of life outside of school and professional meetings that are more than a gripe about the tea supplies and why one person is getting more release than another, how can they truly prepare students. Is this one of the reasons that education has a hard time evolving from it's industrialised construct? Although I may be exaggerating in part here I feel this is an area that might get us talking about the purpose of our work and in turn assist me in discovering why my career to date has no value in schools.
I'm author of History in a Year by the Conservative Voice aka History of the World in a Year by the Conservative Voice.
I'm the Conservative Voice.
I'm looking to make contact with those who might use my skill.
I have an m-audio mobile pre amp fed by the audiotechnica 2041sp condensor mic pack. Prior to 15/4/06, I'd used a Shure sm-58 that required a nuclear blast to register a sound or the internal mic of my aged imac, which has a penchance to recording my breathing. I also used a Griffin itrip, until the community convinced me it was not hiding my talent as well as the other mics.
I am a Writer and an occasional Math Teacher (Sir, what's the occasion?). I like to sing, having no instrumental talent (cannot even clap in time, and yes, I'm aware singing badly IS obnoxious).
I have performed the finale to Les Miserables before an audience of 500. I have also sung before a similar audience (students, parents) renditions of 'I Will' (Beatles), 'Mr Cairo' (Jon Vangelis) and 'I am Australian' (Seekers). Now I seek another profession because the audience hates me ..